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The gift of forgiveness isn’t always an easy gift to give.
When I go to Jesus instead of my thoughts, I see a man who was jeered and made fun of.
When I go to Jesus versus my emotions, I see a man who was beaten.
When I go to Jesus instead of housing the anger or grudge that has spun into sin, I see a man who was spat on and had his items stolen.
He knows the pain. Luke 23 tells me so.
He understands the struggle. Mark 15 impresses it more deeply.
But the period at the end of the chapter says He knows how to smother the flame of the flesh, soothing the salve of peace on my heart and mind. He sheds light for my trek to the land of a watered soul.
With the gift of forgiveness.
Yes, I’ll trust You, Lord. I’ll forgive…again and again.
The One you and I can trust has asked us to re-gift that package, offering it to another.
Is there someone, in this season of giving, needy of your re-gift? I’m praying and conducting my own inventory now. Lord, show me….
Will you join me in the great re-gift?
There are two other writers who will join me this month, sharing here on the Branch. We’ll share how we’ve been strengthened by the Lord to re-gift forgiveness…to others, to family, and to ourselves. You won’t want to miss a single one.
But today, we start with Jesus. That’s where it all begins. So, if you’re game for re-gifting, join me in this prayer, won’t you?
Prayer to Forgive
Thank You for Your forgiveness to me. Even though my situation was ugly and messy, You gifted…and continue to do so. I love You, Lord. Show me my heart so that I might not sin against You. Is there anyone I should forgive that I’m holding hostage instead? Show me where the grudges sit and the offenses situate so that I can release them and truly forgive. Well within me an unwillingness to remain the same, but be changed by the quenching of Your love. May I never be content to withhold forgiveness, Lord, but may I live a life of freely giving as it has been given to me by You.
In Jesus’ name,